Bowie K. Kuhn
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BOWIE K. KUHN, age 80, former Commissioner of Baseball, died March 15, 2007 of respiratory failure after a short illness at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.

Born in 1926 in Tacoma Park, Maryland, Kuhn graduated from Princeton University in 1948 after serving in the US Navy and then earned a legal degree from the University of Virginia. He joined the New York law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher where he represented Baseball's National League. A lifelong baseball fan, in 1969 Kuhn succeeded William Eckert as Commissioner of Baseball, a position he would hold until 1984.

Kuhn and his wife, Luisa relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in 1990, where he continued his many charitable and philanthropic activities. He served on the boards of directors of numerous prominent corporations, hospitals, universities and foundations including the board of directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame and the boards of trustees of Ave Maria University and the Ave Maria Law School. A dedicated Roman Catholic, Kuhn was a Papal Knight Commander with Star of the Order of St. Gregory, a Knight of Malta and a founding member of Legatus. In his later years, he was particularly involved with numerous Catholic organizations and charities for which he worked tirelessly. A lifelong Republican, Kuhn served on the election committees of the 2000 Bush/Cheney campaign, the 1988 and 1992 Bush/Quayle campaigns and the 1996 Dole campaign. Kuhn was the author of "HARDBALL, The Education of a Baseball Commissioner" (Random House 1987).

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Luisa; son, George; son, Paul (Carol); daughter, Alix (Stephen) and son, Stephen (Leslie), as well as 10 grandchildren -- Geordie, Kyle, Katie, Robert, Molly, Liam, Ally, Peter, Willa and Nicholas. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends and colleagues.A Visitation will be held on Monday, March 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Prayer Vigil at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home, 3600 3rd Street S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 in Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. A Memorial Mass also will be held in the spring at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Quiogue, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Ave Maria Foundation, One Ave Maria Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0373.

Services under the direction and care of QUINN-SHALZ, A FAMILY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, Jacksonville Beach, FL, 904-249-1100.

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Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 18, 2007.
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March 15, 2015
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Harry Simpson
January 21, 2010
I started working for the Baseball Office of the Commissioner in March 1970 and retired in April 2005. I consider Commissioner Kuhn "Number 1" of all the Commissioner's I served under. He was a man of integrity and it is my opinion that he made every effort to make decisions that were fair and honest.
Charlyne Sanders
February 14, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I have often found comfort from reflecting on John6:28,29. I sincerely hope this thought will bring a measure of comfort and hope to your family.
March 21, 2007
I was so saddened to hear of Bowie's death just recently, I send my sympathy to the family. Bowie cared so much for other people and he expressed this so often in so many ways. I especially know about his many visits to St. Catherine Laboure Manor, where I was the activities/volunteer director until retirement in 2000. He had a special bond with several of the men. To mention a couple, Ed Russell and Chuck Ambersley. They had many good times together at Men's Club in the activity room. They really ejoyed the seasonal baseball games and the World Series, on the big screen TV. They always began by singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." Residents and Staff at St. Catherine's loved this man and looked forward to his coming for parties,visits, and Mass. He taught me a lot about compassion, sharing and really enjoying being with the elderly. What a blessing it was to have known this wonderful man. My prayers are with each family member.
Sandie Spriggle
March 21, 2007
We grieve with you for the loss of this man. His spirit lives on, may he rest in peace. Our sympathy to you and your family.
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Anne Getchell,RN
March 19, 2007
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

Marie Lucas
March 19, 2007
Mrs Kuhn, I was so saddened to hear of Mr. Kuhn's passing. I will miss calling him every year on our mututal birthdays! May God keep you in the palm of his hand during this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Stephanie Ando
March 19, 2007
Some of the changes made during Mr. Kuhn's tenure were great for the game -- some weren't, but they were all made with integrity and honesty as well as with a true love of the game. Today's leaders seem to test the way the wind is blowing before making their decisions: right is right and wrong is wrong. Thanks for some good baseball memories and for being an icon of integrity and honesty (SO SORELY NEEDED TODAY).

To family and friends, my sympathy is with you all. How wonderful it must be to have been a part of such a life well lived.
Katherine Gander
March 19, 2007
With deepest sympathy for the Kuhn family and thanks to Bowie for his example of ethics and integrity.
George Leonnig
March 19, 2007
To The Family ,
I am sorry to hear about your loss.
May the God of all comfort... comfort you in your time of sorrow.
norma williams
March 18, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 18, 2007
Thank you, Mr. Kuhn, for the many positive contributions you made to my favorite sport, baseball. I was a young, always enchanted fan of the game during the early years of your tenure. And, though I didn't always understand why so many changes in baseball occurred, then, I later understood after reading your book. I read your book almost 14 years ago, and very much enjoyed it. Rest in peace.
Mike Agron
March 18, 2007
It was an honor to have known Mr. Bowie Kuhn in professional circumstances. His standard was excellence in all things and he saw himself in good humor. While I send condolences to his family and friends, I am happy for him in the hope that he has celebrated his birthday into eternal life. May God grant you eternal peace and joy, Mr. Bowie Kuhn!
Anita Crane
March 18, 2007
I was saddened to read about the death of your beloved Bowie. I fondly remember his visits to Ed Russell at St. Catherine Laboure Manor while my mother was there. He attended several Masses which I had the privelege to celebrate for the residents. He has left a marvelous human/spiritual legacy which will continue to inspire for years to come. God Bless and Comfort you as you mourn your loss. God Bless You all!
Fr. Jim O'Neal(Diocese of St. Augustine,Fla.)
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Fr. James O'Neal
March 17, 2007
March 17, 2007
A class act.

Michael Locker MD
Michael Locker MD
March 16, 2007
With every decision came the desire to govern in the interest of the fans. You may agree/disagree with the decision but you must respect him. Rest in Peace Mr. Kuhn.
Richard Harrington
March 16, 2007
You did what you belived in.Rest in peace.
Robert J Strack
March 16, 2007
Sam Bowie
Jerry Wilson
March 16, 2007
my sincerest condolences to Bowie's family. This is a tragedy that it will take a while for baseball to fully realize.
Rhett Berger
March 16, 2007
May the soul of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Christy Larker
March 16, 2007
Baseball will forever rember you for your honesty and trustworthy in keeping the game a game of sport and not politics as usual. Rest in Peace Forever.
Marshall Selph
March 16, 2007
Wayne you are in my prayers.
Ritchie Dulaney
March 16, 2007
March 16, 2007
It was our great honor to have known Bowie and Louisa for 20 years. Bowie was a dear man who gave of himself to others.
As said by Horatio's farewell at the death of Hamlet, his dear friend: "Now cracks a nobel heart. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest".
Dorothy & Jim Goodwin
March 16, 2007
Baseball will remember your leadership
Rest in Peace-Bowie
Kenneth Kresowaty
March 16, 2007
May God grant comfort to Mr. Kuhn's family and friends.
M.W. Holland
March 16, 2007
May God's peace be with you.
Robert Fitzmaurice
March 16, 2007
Thomas Widgeon
March 15, 2007
Major League Baseball has lost one of its best with the untimely passing of Bowie Kuhn.

The Kuhn family will always have a place next to my heart.
Mike Dugan
March 15, 2007
March 15, 2007
are condolences to your love ones he will be missed
glenn owen
March 15, 2007
Scott Chamberland
March 15, 2007
You were a source of integrity the entire time of your administration, thank you more than most of us can put into words. It seems like all of the sports went to heck not long after you left!
Randall Haire
March 15, 2007
Louis Perry Paso Robles,Ca.
louis perry
March 15, 2007
Richard H. Herrick
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